The actions we take moving forward will determine our success in controlling the further spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
Everyone is encouraged to continue to do their best when it comes to following the public health recommendations listed below.
Limit your close contact to your household members (the people you live with)
Limiting your close contacts is crucial because unlike with other illnesses, people who have COVID-19 don’t always have symptoms, and those who do often don’t notice their symptoms until five or six days after becoming infected with the virus (this is known as the incubation period). This means that people who are infected can be circulating in the community and transmitting the virus to others without knowing it.
Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
Stay home unless it’s necessary
Stay home as much as possible by limiting visits to essential businesses (e.g. the grocery store and pharmacy) to once per week, ordering take out instead of dining in and working from home, if able. These are examples of strategies that can be used to help reduce the risk of virus transmission in our communities.
Get tested if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19
By getting tested for COVID-19, you play an important role in containing and slowing the spread of the virus in our communities. On average, individuals who get tested locally have been receiving their results within five days. This helps our healthcare system and public health authorities appropriately manage positive cases.
We want to thank each individual who has or will take on the responsibility of being tested.
Continue to follow guidance from public health and your primary care provider
If you are contacted by TBDHU or your primary care provider, carefully follow their guidance and direction. Following their advice will help keep everyone in our communities safe.
It’s also recommended to continue following the important messages that have been repeatedly shared over the last few months, including:
- Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else
- Wear a face covering when around others who are not from your own household, especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
- Limit travel outside of Northwestern Ontario unless it’s necessary
If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are concerned that you need to be tested for COVID-19, first self-isolate, then contact MFHT by using one of the following options: